“Be not afraid of going slowly. Be only afraid of standing still.” – Chinese Proverb
“To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.” – Confuscius
In his book is called “Try Easy.” Robert Kriegel tells a great story a “mental coach”, who was working with a group of sprinters training for the Olympic Trials. One day during a practice run when he found his runners to be “tense and tight”, he had an idea. Rather than asking them to run harder, he asked them to relax their efforts, and run with about nine-tenths of their normal intensity. Of this second attempt, he writes:
“It’s vain to do more with what can be done with less.” ~ William Occam
“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can let alone.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
Procrastination. Just the word itself inspires dread. Most of us view procrastination as something that prevents us from reaching our highest potential. But is it?
Lola Jones, author of Things are Going Great in my Absence, argues that when you procrastinate, it’s a signal to do something else, something that interests and inspires you. This concept is known as inspired action:
“All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion and desire.” ~ Aristotle
What is it about SEVEN? The 7-year itch. The seven dwarfs. Seven days of creation. James Bond 007. Almost all animals have 7 cervical vertebrae. 7 is the number of stellar objects in the solar system visible to the naked eye (Sun, Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Mercury, Venus and Saturn.) 7 inches – the original diameter of the 45rpm gramophone record.
For anyone who spends time in corporate meetings, it won’t come as a surprise that decision making effectiveness declines as the size of the group grows. But is there really a magic number? The answer is YES, and the number is 7.
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